TownsWeb Archiving Blog

TWA Digitisation Grant 2016 – Applications Closed

And so the applications deadline for the first ever TWA Digitisation Grant has now passed… The response to this grant has been phenomenal – with bids from over 80 of the most prestigious archives, museums, special collections libraries and galleries being submitted. Each and every one promised a fascinating and […]

Developing a successful HLF funding bid for your archive project: Essential tips

Claire Adler - HLF funding bid expert

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funds a vast array of projects. I’m exceedingly lucky as an HLF appointed Expert Advisor for Community and Learning, as I get to work on projects that are as diverse as the redevelopment of the National Maritime Museum and the development and delivery of the […]

Archives, libraries, museums & digitisation survey 2016: the Winners

TownsWeb Archiving Digitisation survey 2016 - feat image

As you are probably aware, throughout May we have been conducting an online survey to gather information about archivists, librarians, and curators’ level of involvement with digitisation. And the response has been great… Thank you to the 100+ respondents! The survey closed at midnight last night and the results are […]

Beyond image capture – How to create a great Digital Archive

Beyond Image capture - digital archive symbol

When it comes to digitisation projects, image capture is only the first (and some would say the easiest!) stage of any new venture. One of the biggest challenges comes in making the digitised content accessible and discoverable for potential users. With 32% of digitised heritage collections being published online (eNumerate, 2015) […]

Free your Orphans: Managing orphan works risk in archives

Alison Cullingford - Free your Orphans

An archivist wants to share an image from their archives online. What are the implications of copyright law? The standard answer: either the image is out of copyright and can be used freely, or it is in copyright and can be used only if the rights are held by the […]

Digitisation planning for Museums: Cornwall Digital Network Group 2016

Casper Smithson - Digitisation Consultant

Last week I had the pleasure of delivering a presentation on digitisation planning for museums at the very first meeting of Cornwall Museums Partnership’s new Digital Network Group (CDNG). The presentation shared our best practice advice for museum archivists and collection managers…

Preparing cultural heritage materials to be Digitised

Preparing materials for digitisation

When it comes to any task, as the saying goes ‘preparation is key’ and this is never truer than when undertaking heritage digitisation projects. Although it can increase the lead time of a project, carrying out pre-digitisation checks and thoroughly preparing materials prior to digitising them is vital in producing […]

Guide: Sources of Funding for heritage digitisation projects (updated May 2017)

Funding for Digitisation projects

“The most significant barrier to digitisation [is] …lack of funding. Put simply, digitisation cannot happen without significant financial support, usually from an external body.” JISC Digitisation in the UK report, 2005. Even though the quote above is from a research report produced by JISC over nine years ago, lack of […]

Historic Libraries Forum 2015: Digitisation Planning presentation

Historic Libraries Forum digitisation planning presentation

Our best practice Digitisation Project Planning for Libraries presentation, delivered at last week’s 2015 Historic Libraries Forum conference at UCL, is now available here.

JPEG2000 and Digitisation: Expert round table

JPEG2000 & digitisation round table featured image

With digital preservation, and in particular the preservation of digital assets created by digitisation, very much a hot topic in the archives and libraries communities recently; we are being asked more and more frequently by clients which is the “best” image format to use. Of course the answer is almost […]